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  •  REVIEW: NICOLE WOLCOTT: 100 BEGINNINGS

    Vanessa Walters, Tim Edwards, Nicole Wolcott, and Yarden Raz in Nicole Wolcott: 100 Beginnings
    Photo by Corrine Furman
    Vanessa Walters, Tim Edwards, Nicole Wolcott, and Yarden Raz

    Rockin' Stilettos

    Nicole Wolcott and company keep it quick

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com

    Waiting, voguing, singing, dancing. Walls moving almost constantly. Lots of fun in high heels. An extreme performance getting an extreme reaction. Memories of 100 Beginnings are fleeting and fragmented. There may have been 100 beginnings, but who's counting?

      
    NICOLE WOLCOTT: 100 BEGINNINGS
    Choreography by: Nicole Wolcott with Vanessa Walters.
    Sound design by: Omar Zubair.
    Set design by: Spilios Gianakopoulos.
    Costumes by: Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie Miracle.
    Lighting design by: Carrie Wood.
     SCHEDULE
    Dance New Amsterdam
    December 9-12, 2010

    This is not a show for those who need to understand. It is more like a sensory experience, with fragments jumbled together to make a whole. It reads like a dream an overstimulated mind might make after a night of clubbing and a long subway ride home. There is just enough of everything to make one wonder what was there and what a shaky memory is making up. Like trying to record a dream upon waking, writing "accurately" about 100 Beginnings is an inherently suspect task.

    Certainly, each of the performers — Nicole Wolcott and Vanessa Walters, artistic director and collaborator, in star-turn-silver clothes and hair; Kira Blazek stumbling around artfully; Janna Diamond putting pinup into a business suit; Yarden Raz hurting herself for applause; Tim Edwards rocking red pumps and eyeliner; and Astonkyle sporting a blue cape too tiny for a toddler — give us something to watch and something to applaud.

    Vanessa Walters and Nicole Wolcott, foreground in Nicole Wolcott: 100 Beginnings
    Photo by Corrine Furman
    Vanessa Walters and Nicole Wolcott, foreground

    Overstimulated fantasy is broken up, thankfully, by quiet gaps and pauses, often involving waiting in a public place like a movie line or a subway platform. Two moving walls create rooms, corners, barriers, tunnels, hiding places and mazes, to make the whole thing feel very much like a dreamscape where things shift constantly and imperceptibly.

    Moments that stick are Yarden Raz as a disturbed street artist getting the gathered crowd to scream hysterically in approval as her behavior gets most extreme; Wolcott and Walters somehow swallowing their microphone hands and mics and struggling to extricate them; Tim Edwards voguing in red pumps; and the whole lot of dancers "rockin' stilettos, ho!" as the dance climax of the piece.

    DECEMBER 16, 2010
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